Jul 11, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcherJordan Zimmermann
(27) leaves the game during the fourth inning with an injury in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Start off your day with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web:
Zimmermann looks good in session, will start Tuesday
WASHINGTON — Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann had a bullpen session Saturday afternoon without any problems and is scheduled to pitch Tuesday night against the Rockies.
It will be Zimmermann’s first start since July 11, when he sustained a biceps strain against the Phillies. According to Nats manager Matt Williams, Zimmermann will not be on a pitch count. Read full article here.
Major Deadline moves currently seem unlikely for Nats
WASHINGTON — The Trade Deadline is less than two weeks away and it seems hard to believe that the Nationals would make a big trade before July 31. They don’t have a glaring weakness except for their bench.
Entering Saturday’s action, Nationals pinch-hitters are a combined 18-for-117 (.154) with four home runs and 12 RBIs. It doesn’t help that players such as Scott Hairston and Nate McLouth are not getting enough reps. With the Nationals in the thick of the pennant race, it’s rare that the starting eight, which includes shortstop Ian Desmond and center fielder Denard Span, is able to get a day off. Read full article here.
Span, Nats visit D.C. libraries to read to children
WASHINGTON — Nationals center fielder Denard Span visited Anacostia Library on Saturday to read to a group of around 30 kids enrolled in the D.C. Public Library’s 2014 Summer Reading Program.
Three other members of the Nationals also conducted readings on Saturday at other branches of the Public Library. Manager Matt Williams attended Tenley Library along with his wife, Erika, and daughter, Madison, while outfielder Scott Hairston read at Deanwood Library and reliever Drew Storen visited the Mount Pleasant Library.
Span arrived and took a number questions from kids and parents before reading Baseball Hour by Carol Nevius.
“This was my first time being in a library in a long time,” Span said. “But when I walked in, just seeing all the smiles on the kids’ faces just was an unbelievable feeling. And once I began reading, just watching and seeing how engaged they were.” Read full article here.